What can you do with a baby on vacation? They may have tiny (adorable) legs and arms, but despite their "shortcomings", there are lots of activities you can partake in with a little traveler in tow. The trick is to do some pre-trip research and find out what your destination has to offer for baby & mama.
At FlyBaby HQ, we're all about making travel accessible to families, so we decided to put together a Baby Friendly City Guide series for all you jet-setting mamas and papas out there. In this first post, we're talking about the city of angels itself, and all the good fun you can get up to — with under twos!
Hit the Beach
When you think of L.A., you no doubt think of going to the beach. With baby, a beach day away from indoor amenities can seem like a task not worth tackling. But one of the many cool things about L.A. is that it boasts beaches especially designated for young children. These beaches have accessible, clean facilities and safe play areas for young'uns of all ages.
One such spot can be found in Orange County and is aptly named Baby Beach! This idyllic protected white sand cove is the perfect spot to take your littles and sports well-maintained facilities and free parking. Another excellent option for beachin' it with babes is the Annenberg. A Santa Monica state beach featuring spectacular views, comprehensive facilities, and a stroller-accessible boardwalk.
Hit the Museum
You may think that the museum wouldn't be of much interest to baby, but L.A. has a museum or two made just for those littlest of human beings.
The Zimmer Children's Museum is a perfect spot for taking your extra littles on an extra hot day when you're craving some AC action. Littles can crawl around to their hearts content and explore miniature buildings and vehicles in the process. This museum offers activities for babies and toddlers, and admission for grandparents is free! Maybe you and hubby can even escape for an afternoon, while grandma and grandpa spend some quality time with their favorite grandchild... Anything is possible at the Zimmer.
Another excellent toddler-centric establishment is the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Here littles can enjoy three kids only Discovery Rooms, explore rotating science exhibits and watch as baby chicks hatch... Added bonus – admission is free!
Hit the Park
If you don't have the time, budget, or will to take on an amusement park like Disneyland, opt for a smaller and less hectic option. L.A. has several theme parks that exist on a smaller scale than Disney and are better suited for those of a smaller stature.
Try visiting Adventure City, "The little theme park that's BIG on family fun!" This classic amusement park admits children under 1 year of age for free and has several rides that are baby-friendly. Take a trip on the Adventure City Express Train with your under twos or try the carousel together! There is also a petting zoo and Thomas the Tank Engine play area suitable for little crawlers to explore.
Griffith Park, is more park than amusement park, although it does sport not one, but three miniature trains that you can ride with your little! There is also a famous merry-go-round where it is said Walt Disney had the idea to create Disneyland. Larger even than Central Park in NYC, Griffith is a local favorite, and is truly a beautiful destination to enjoy with your family.
Ready to hit L.A. with your baby in arms? Download the FlyBaby app to rent all the gear you'll need to make your trip a breeze.